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Carine Roitfeld Harper's Bazaar September 2012 Interview

Carine Roitfeld: "I'm Not Bad-Looking, but I'm Not a Beauty Either"

"Normally, everything starts to go down, but that goes up," says Carine Roitfeld of the effect her newfound obsession with ballet has had on her posterior. "I had to give all my skirts to the seamstress, and she had to add five centimeters. That's a lot."

In a recent Harper's Bazaar profile, Roitfeld says that she works out to "try to be in shape to be a young grandma." She also says that she doesn't have time to eat — or to read her old magazine, Vogue Paris. And with good reason: in addition to launching her magazine CR Fashion Book, she's been busy working on her upcoming partnership with MAC. Read on for her thoughts on that — and more.

On working with MAC: "I'm not bad-looking, but I'm not a beauty either. I think I have character, and that is what people like in me," she says of the campaign image, which features her in a slip dress. "I think women can recognize themselves in that picture. They see, 'Oh, she's not wearing too much makeup; she's not too much dressed; she's not too much bizarre. She's very much like another woman — simple.'"

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On the staff of CR Fashion Book: "I'm using new people, so I'm going to fight to make them stars. It's very risky. I like to take risks. It's very exciting in a way. It's a bit Steve Jobs, no? Each day is a new challenge to find the model, the photographer, the money, the location, you know?"

On not reading Vogue Paris: "I have not looked at French Vogue. It's like a divorce in a way. It's still very fresh; it's still very like my baby for 10 years. I prefer to take a big distance; maybe next year, it will be finished. I don't do the magazine because I want revenge — you say, revenge?"

On her trim figure: "I don't eat a lot, to be honest — never. I'm a bit like a little bird, picking all day long, but I'm not getting pasta or getting all those things, you know? So I think it's my morphology. I've always been skinny."

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